MAI MAI MIRACLE dvd review

Hong Kong Region 3 DVD

Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1

DTS 6.1-ES Japanese, DD 6.1 EX Japanese, DD 6.1 EX Cantonese

Subtitles: English


MOVIE: 7.5






MAI MAI MIRACLE is a decent animated film – sort of like a cross between MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (only without the Totoro characters) and STAND BY ME.  The movie could have been excellent but it turned a little too dark in the third act, which was quite unnecessary and hurt the film. The movie had such a nice consistent tone in the first and second acts and then the tone was totally thrown off by some melodramatic dark elements in the last part. This would have been an excellent children’s film if they left out the suicide/mafia elements. It’s as if the director wanted to be special and different from Miyazaki by throwing some radical change in the third act – big mistake on his part. The animation was beautiful though, and the director certainly learned a thing or two working for Miyazaki.

The DVD quality is excellent – anamorphic video and DTS 6.1-ES Japanese, and the English subtitles were perfect. If you are a fan of animation and Hayao Miyazaki/Ghibli films, it’s certainly worth a watch despite the melodramatic dark elements in the third act that hurt the movie’s charm.

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